Summer Maxi Dresses from JD Williams

I was so excited over the summer to be sent a dress from the Summer Dresses category at JD Williams. I was spoilt for choice when I went onto the JD Williams site as there was a huge choice of gorgeous dresses.

My order was sent quickly and well packaged. I chose this stunning black and white Tribal Print Maxi Dress.


I love a maxi dress for summer. They are so comfy and practical when you are chasing around after children. And such a good way to keep cool too!


I loved the print, with the red detailing across the body. It was a lovely dress to wear to an early evening barbecue as it carried well from day to evening.

Thanks JD Williams for the chance to try this dress.

Slimming World Week 1

I joined Slimming World last week, and went along to a new class. I think this one will work better for me as its a daytime class. There are classes at 9am, 11am and 1pm on a day when I am normally child free so I should be able to fit in one of those each week even if it’s not the same one every week.

I can’t get enough of watching people’s Slimming World journeys over on YouTube so I’ve decided to start vlogging my journey too. If you want to know how I got on at my first weigh in watch the video below 🙂

A Little Recap…

As its been an age since I last blogged, I thought I’d take a moment for a little recap and take stock of life as it is now!

Little Miss is 5 years old, and 2/3 of the way through her reception year at school. She’s having a fantastic time, and loves her school, teacher and friends. She is still having speech therapy occasionally, and we are given exercises to go away and practice. She is a very confident little girl with lovely friends and is great company!  

Master L is 18 months old, and in every way a toddler now, no hint of a baby about him! He’s physically very confident – he loves to climb and will try and climb onto, into or ride anything he can get his hands on. They are both outdoor children, and love nothing more than playing in the garden! Now if we could just crack his sleeping problems (surely sleeping though the night on a regular basis isn’t too much to ask by 18 months?? 😉

I work from home, and run my own business around the family. This usually works amazingly well, but I need to get better at predicting the busy times and having strategies to cope. Master L goes to nursery one day a week, and hopefully we will go back to grandparents having him one day a week soon (it had to stop for a while). I really need to get a bit more organised with life – I feel like I’m forever chasing my tail and catching up – I’d like to feel that I was ahead of the game for a while!  

Watch this space for more on Slimming World, household organisation, decluttering, money saving and bullet journaling!

This Week I Am…



Having stared at it on the coffee table for several weeks, I have finally started reading the latest Cormoran Strike Novel by JK Rowling (or should I say Robert Galbraith). As expected I am hooked and cannot put it down. Its been ages since I read a book and this was a good choice to get me back to the habit! I’ve been grabbing it as soon as I find a quiet 5 minutes. I have a huge number of books to read on my shelf, so lets hope I can keep the habit up!


I love this new notepad I picked up in TK Maxx. I am trying to use lists to stop myself feeling overwhelmed with all that needs doing at the moment. Its so cute and bright – the pencil on the side is actually a pen!

… Watching

I’ve been enjoying catching up on You Tube videos. I just snapped this quick photo while watching Percy and Grace but I’ve also been watching The Witt Family, Cole and Co, Fun Being Mum and Sophie and Lily! I’ve also posted my own video for the first time in ages!

Back from Black

I’m sitting here, wondering what to share. Its been an age since I updated this little corner of the internet. I’ve thought many times that it would be easier to walk away than come back, but something always stopped me. I’ve been wondering what I want to write, what this blog should be about. But I think I have had a breakthrough. This blog has been through a few iterations, and this one ‘Hello From Jo’ is the first blog name which hasn’t referred to my kids or being a mum. And that is the focus of this blog. Its about me, and my life. My children are a huge part of that, but there is more to me.

I’ve been poorly since my beautiful baby boy was born 14 months ago. I’ve walked around with a dark cloud following me. Its not been there all the time, and there have been huge highs, fun times and happiness. But the lows are low. I feel like I have lost sight of who I am. What I want. What will make me happy. The mum I want to be. The wife. The friend.

It starts here.

breastvest Review and Giveaway

After a tricky breastfeeding experience first time around with The Girl, I was apprehensive about how things might go this time around. Luckily, my experience with The Boy couldn’t be more different and now at 6 weeks old, I’m looking forward to continuing my feeding journey rather than ending it as I was with her.

The one thing I have always been nervous of is feeding in public. With ample equipment its hard to do things discretely – especially at the start when he and I are both learning the ropes.

The right clothing is essential. I’ve got a number of nursing tops, some better than others! But when I was asked if I wanted to review the breastvest, I was excited to test it and see if it was as good as it sounded!

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The breastvest allows you to feed discretely while wearing your normal clothes – it turns any top into a nursing top. Here is what they say…

If you’re one of the many mums who have ever been worried about exposing your postnatal tummy when breastfeeding, or alarmed by the surprising cost of nursing tops, breastvest has literally got you covered!

breastvest is a revolutionary vest that makes any top a breastfeeding top! It was invented to make breastfeeding in public easier and to let new mums get back into their favourite clothes while still doing the best for their babies.

Created, designed, tested and approved by breastfeeding mums, breastvest is held in place by specially designed straps and sits just below your nursing bra, comfortably covering your postnatal tummy whilst offering a comfortable layer of support and modesty.


I loved the freedom that the breastvest gave me to wear my normal clothes and feel comfortable while being covered and comfortable while I was feeding. After several months of wearing maternity clothes while I was pregnant, its lovely to be able to go back to my old favourites and also pick up some new clothes without having to look in a special section of the shop! Between feeds I found the breastvest to be very comfortable, and didn’t really notice I was wearing it under my top. The black was a great choice for me as it works with most of my clothes, but I think I’ll be investing in a white one as well.

breastvest is available in sizes S, M, L and XL and comes in black or white plus a stream of Limited Edition colours and is priced at £14.99

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I have one breastvest to give away to a lucky winner. To enter just follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter below.

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T&C’s: This competition is open to over 18s and UK entrants only. The winner will be randomly picked by Rafflecopter after the closing date 24th November 2014. I will contact the winner by email and will allow 4 days for a reply. If I do not hear anything within this time period I reserve the right to redraw a winner. Hello From Jo’s decision is final.

Disclaimer: I was sent one breastvest worth £14.99 for the purpose of this review

Born Gifted – Fathers Day Gift Ideas

Back before Easter I was planning to compile and post a gift guide of ideas for Easter gifts and I spoke with Born Gifted, who had a great range of ideas. They offered to send me a copy of their Personalised Easter Bunny book which I gratefully received. Unfortunately the house move then took over and with over a month with no internet access I was unable to do the gift guide and feature the book. I can say though, that L loved the book, as did I. The story is lovely, and the personalisation on each page, and in some illustrations, was a huge hit!

So when Born Gifted contacted me recently with some Fathers Day gift ideas I was happy to share them. The thing that impressed me most about the selection was that there is really something for every budget. I particularly love this Personalised Owl Family Crystal Block for £19.99 and the Personalised Hardback A5 Notebook £13.99. Either of those would go down well as a Fathers Day gift here!

Many of the items in the range can be personalised which is a lovely touch for a gift to or from a child. I know L loves to see her name on things. Born Gifted also offer free UK delivery on all items which is brilliant!

While browsing the site I saw a couple of presents which would be lovely for a Christening I’m going to later in the year. Born Gifted really is a one stop shop for all gift occasions. Why not have a look?

Almondella Review – Monthly Box for Pregnancy and Baby

Ever since I found out I was pregnant again, I’ve been lusting over some fabulous baby products. A combination of not knowing whether a second baby was a possibility for us, and a house move/relocation had led me to selling lots of our baby bits on eBay, Facebook selling sites and through Nearly New sales. I figured that if I was lucky enough to find myself pregnant again I would have fun buying things again. And it would give me an excuse to try some different things this time! 

When I heard about Almondella gift boxes I was excited to try one, as I knew it would give me a chance to receive some unusual and gorgeous products. Almondella were kind enough to send me a box to review.

Launched 2 years ago Almondella is already a huge success across most of Europe and has now arrived here is the UK!  This exciting gifting concept is set to change the way new parents go about discovering inspirational new brands for themselves and their baby.

Whether you are a new mum yourself or looking for the perfect gift for an expectant loved one, trying to find that special something isn’t always easy. With so much choice and new brands coming along all the time it can be very overwhelming to know which brands to trust and which products to choose from. That’s where Almondella comes in. Almondella have done all the hard work for you, scouring the whole of Europe to seek out the most stylish and practical products from all the best designers before carefully hand-picking the most thoughtful gifts tailored to your baby’s age and delivering them direct to your door each month in a beautifully wrapped box.


So what was in my box?

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The box I was sent was a Grooming and Bathing themed box. As I don’t know the sex of the baby it was unisex. Contained inside were 5 products designed to make grooming and bathing baby easier and more stylish!

The contents were a hooded towel (excellent quality, thick and soft, and a gorgeous aqua colour), baby nail scissors with a rounded tip, natural hair brush (lovely feel and great for baby’s cradle cap prone scalps), a pot of Organic Baby Salve (perfect for soothing dry skin and from a lovely Cornwall based company) and a sweet pair of leggings (loved the raven design, and the cute cuff detail on the ankles).

Almondella have created 36 baby boxes with the most beautiful selection of care products, toys & clothing each of which has been thoughtfully put together to take you through all your baby’s developmental milestones.

Each box contains up to 5 products and has a retail saving of up to 50%

Almondella boxes make the perfect gift for yourself or a loved one, especially if they are living abroad. The boxes can be delivered anywhere in Europe completely free of charge.

You simply need to pick a subscription of 1, 3 or 6 months, tell Almondella the baby’s gender and age, or mother’s due date, and then sit back and wait for your Almondella box to be delivered.

Subscriptions start from £37 a month. You can even do a trial box for just £12.

I was delighted with the selection of products I received. An Almondella box would make a great gift for a mum to be or new mum, or a lovely treat for yourself and baby.

I made a quick video of me unboxing my Almondella box if you want to see the products in more detail.